June 2, 2020 / 5:12 PM / a month ago

Lyon make Cameroon forward Ekambi's move permanent

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Lille v Olympique Lyonnais - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - March 8, 2020 Olympique Lyonnais' Karl Toko Ekambi in action with Lille's Domagoj Bradaric REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts/File Photo

(Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais have signed on-loan Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi from Villarreal on a four-year contract, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.

Lyon exercised an option to buy the player in a deal worth 11.5 million euros ($12.86 million) plus add ons which includes a sell-on clause of 15% of any future transfer.

Ekambi, 27, has scored twice in eight league matches since joining the club on loan in January.

"Lyon is pleased to announce that it has taken up the purchase option for Ekambi from Villarreal," the French club said in a statement here

“The Cameroonian international has signed a four-year contract with the Rhone club.”

Ekambi, who has played 30 times for his country, played in Ligue 1 for Angers from 2016 to 2018, winning the Prix Marc-Vivien Foe award for the best African player in the top flight.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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